Market Traders Storm Mayor's Office

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Francis Byabagambi calmed down the vendors, saying council will decide the fate of the street vendors.

A group of vendors from Jinja central market stormed the mayor's office this morning to protest the operations of evicted vendors in the evening hours. 

The vendors tasked the Mayor Jinja Municipality, Majid Batambuze to take action, saying the operations of the evicted vendors affect their business. The evicted vendors started operating on Monday this week from 4pm until midnight reportedly under the directives of the mayor. 

The vendors operate along Main Street opposite main street primary school. The vendors took to the streets following their eviction from the streets last month in an attempt to decongest the municipality.

The decision by the evicted vendors to operate on the streets has not gone down well with their colleagues in Jinja central market. The market vendors accuse their colleagues for snatching their customers, which has taken a huge blow on their businesses.

This morning, the market vendors tasked the Mayor Majid Batambuze to explain where he got the mandate to open an evening market without consulting other leaders in the municipality.

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The tension compelled security to whisk away the mayor leaving the vendors hurling insults.  Shortly after the town clerk Jinja Municipality, Francis Byabagambi calmed down the vendors, saying council will decide the fate of the street vendors.

Information obtained by our reporter from Jinja Central market, shows that more than 1000 vendors have abandoned their stalls citing low sales. The newly built Jinja Central market opened for business with 4000 traders in November 2014.

The 28 billion Shillings Jinja Central Market is among the seven markets built under the Market and Agricultural Improvement Programme Project-MAIPP 1 project. The others are Gulu, Mbale, Lira, Hoima, Mpanga in Fort Portal and Wandegeya markets in Kampala.


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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).